My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016)

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Director: Dash Shaw
Writer: Dash Shaw
Cast: Jason SchwartzmanLena DunhamReggie WattsMaya RudolphSusan SarandonThomas Jay RyanAlex KarpovskyLouisa KrauseJohn Cameron MitchellMatthew MaherEmily DavisKeith Poulson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2017

Dash (Jason Schwartzman) is annoyed that his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) has started to date Verti (Maya Rudolph). This would be the biggest catastrophe of his life if it wasn’t for the earthquake that made the cliff his high school is built on crumble and float out into the sea where it’s slowly sinking. Now Dash, Assaf and Verti are joined by popular girl Mary (Lena Dunham) and Lunch Lady Lorraine (Susan Sarandon) as they try to reach the roof.

I liked the animation style of My Entire High School Is Sinking Into the Sea, but storywise I think it would have been better as a short film.

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Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2011)

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Director: Madeleine Olnek
Writer: Madeleine Olnek
Cast: Lisa Haas, Susan Ziegler, Jackie Monahan, Cynthia Kaplan, Dennis Davis, Alex Karpovsky
Part of: Viennale

Zoinx (Susan Ziegler) is from a planet where too much emotion threatens the atmosphere. Since Zoinx loves too much, she is therefore one of a few sent to earth to get her heart broken. On earth, Zoinx meets Jane (Lisa Haas), a stationary shop employee who struggles with her loneliness and never being entirely sure what’s real and what not. While their relationship develops, equally exiled Zylar (Jackie Monahan) and Barr (Cynthia Kaplan) have yet to find somebody who can break their hearts.

Going into the film I was worried that it might only be the title that I would like. But I liked it so much that I figured I’d give it a try anyway. And it was brilliantly funny and quirky in the best way.

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